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DistroWatch: Review of Xandros Desktop 1.0

Dec 13, 2002, 01:00 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ladislav Bodnar)

[ Thanks to Ladislav Bodnar for this link. ]

"Selection of applications. By Linux standards, the selection of application is rather limited, although this is not necessarily a negative aspect of the distribution. Similar to Lycoris in this respect, Xandros provides one kind of application for each common task. You'll get Mozilla for browsing, Mozilla Mail for email, OpenOffice for office productivity needs, xine for watching DVDs and the list goes on. All applications included with Xandros Desktop worked as advertised. Mozilla is pre-configured with all major plugins so Java, Flash, Real Audio and PDF files all work flawlessly out of the box.

"CrossOver Office. One of the much touted speciality of the product is its inclusion of CrossOver Office and Plugin from CodeWeavers. Both of these extras are commercial applications and their presence on the CD has given the Xandros's marketing team an excuse to bring the product price up to $99, which is rather steep by Linux standards. A trip to the LGP web site reveals that the investment firm has direct interest in both CodeWeavers and Xandros, which gives rise to speculation that this bundling arrangement serves the best interests of LGP, rather than that of us, users.

"But of course, I am biased. Firstly, CrossOver Office provides me with absolutely no value. No matter how well it works and no matter how technically amazing it is to run Microsoft Office in Linux, you should avoid using it. The sooner the world standardises on open file formats and open standards and the sooner everybody switches to OpenOffice/StarOffice, irrespective of the platform, the better for the humanity. We have been at the mercy of one company and its whims for far too long..."

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